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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: The cast performs in “Something’s Coming.” “We bickered like siblings and annoyed each other to no end, but we also have such a tight bond that allows us to pull off these massive shows,” senior Meg Willimont said. “I am constantly astounded by the talented people I work with every day, and I know I will see them on TV one day.”

Denning: ‘Sondheim is one of the greats. It’s like Shakespeare dying.”

By Samantha Powers, Meena Anderson, Ashley Chamberlain, Josephine Clarke, Emily Goulet, Zoe Hocker, and Madison Olsen December 2, 2021

Broadway composer and musical theatre revolutionary Stephen Sondheim died Friday at 91. In his career that lasted nearly half a century, he wrote the lyrics for West Side Story, composed shows like Sweeney...

Only Murders in the Building is a macabre, fanciful comedy-mystery show that is sure to keep watchers in suspense.

Only Murders in the Building’s portrayal of a crime is a fun, quirky approach with a devious undertone

By Rishvanth (Rishi) Ramesh, Dougherty Valley High School December 1, 2021

The first season of “Only Murders in the Building” revolves around a murder investigated by a rag-tag team of crime podcast aficionados. On Aug. 31, the first episode of the ten-episode season was...

‘No Time To Die’ a sad send-off for Daniel Craig

By Naomi Di-Capua, McCallum High School December 1, 2021

Bond. James Bond. These infamous words have been muttered by only the most fortunate actors since the release of the first James Bond movie in 1962, culminating in 25 movies under his name. On Oct....

Alec Baldwin, Rust producer and actor, could be held legally responsible for death on set.

Death on set of ‘Rust’ a consequence of sheer irresponsibility

By Chloe Dobbins, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science December 1, 2021

Hollywood is no stranger to deaths on set.  Specifically, Hollywood is no stranger to deaths on set due to a lack of gun safety and necessary precautions. Action films are plagued by a dark legacy...

Forza Horizon 5 offers players freedom through an open-world experience. Photo courtesy of Microsoft

‘Forza Horizon 5’ provides endless enjoyment

By Nameek Chowdhury, Monta Vista High School November 30, 2021

“Forza Horizon 5” follows the same premise as of every “Forza Horizon” game: a car festival takes place in a certain country and the game provides an expansive open-world map, which offers events,...

Max Mercer, a mischievous and spoiled kid, sets up elaborate booby traps to defend his house. “Home Sweet Home Alone” completely misses the feel-good spirit of the original “Home Alone,” leaving viewers confused and in no mood to enjoy the holidays.

‘Home Sweet Home Alone’: Better stick to the original

By Audrey Zhu, Los Altos High School November 30, 2021

As someone who pretty much memorized “Home Alone” in Christmas pajamas while sipping hot cocoa, I had high expectations for the Disney+ remake “Home Sweet Home Alone.” However, despite a few good...

Macaulay Culkin features as Kevin, the supposed protagonist of Disneys 1990 Christmas film Home Alone. While he may be advertised as a lovable hero, he is anything but.

Kevin McAllister is the real villain of “Home Alone”

By Faith Shimick, Lake Brantley High School November 30, 2021

At first, Disney’s 1990 movie “Home Alone” seems like a happy, lighthearted Christmas classic. It has everything a blockbuster childrens’ movie could want, from a great soundtrack to an action-packed...

“Sesame Street” has been a beloved children’s television show since 1969.

Muppets making history: “Sesame Street” adds new cast member

By Harper Clark, Pleasant Valley High School - IA November 30, 2021

Ever since 1969, the popular children’s television show “Sesame Street” has been a staple in families’ homes. It has been a longtime favorite that has addressed many important current issues. Now,...

The album cover features Taylor Swift sitting in a red Chevrolet Cabriolet and wearing a red hat, establishing the significance of the color

‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ perfectly balances the old and the new

By Aashi Venkat and Shivani Verma November 24, 2021

“Tonight we begin again,” Taylor Swift wrote in an Instagram post when “Red (Taylor’s Version),” was released on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. Nearly a decade after the original album “Red” was...

This poster was designed by Zach Etzkorn, Alec Yaagoub, Martin Kowalczek, & Spencer Albrecht.

Positive message posters shine bright like diamonds in the sky across halls

By Kaitlyn Devitt, Lemont High School November 23, 2021

Correction: An original version of this article inaccurately stated the posters were created by the Digital Art course.  The article has been updated to reflect the correct course: Graphic Design.  The...

Pick me girls usually use specific phrases to push other women down.

How the pick me girl is rooted in misogyny

By Marcela Ferrufino, Richard Montgomery High School - MD November 22, 2021

Among TikTok's thousands of viral trends, there is nothing quite like the infamous 'pick-me girl' phenomenon. The term 'pick-me girl' can be defined as a girl who promotes herself to be against "feminine"...

Dynamic artist duo King Cre8 (left) and Bryan Snyder (right) pose before getting to work on the collaborative Carlsbad Art Wall project. The art wall features 17 artists of varying backgrounds, including muralists like Snyder and Cre8, to highlight the importance of artistic diversity.

The Alley Art Wall Attracts Creative Diversity to Carlsbad

By Jacob Fletcher, Sage Creek High School November 22, 2021

Carlsbad has not always been known for its diversity, but in recent years, varying cultures have found homes in the Village by the sea. Artistically, this culture cannot go unnoticed as diverse ideas and...

In No Time to Die, the character development of Bond is successful and much needed, but the nearly three-hour plot lacks clarity and fails to do justice to its main character.

No Time to Die: Daniel Craig’s final act as Bond

By Bennie Chang, Lynbrook High School - CA November 22, 2021

For decades, James Bond has been the epitome of emotionless, brutal masculinity. However, in Daniel Craig’s final appearance as 007, the actor exists in the most pleasant of twists, one centered around...

Ms. Kimberly Moon said she loves to wear her no bones sweatshirt to school and talk to her students and fellow teachers about Noodle. I love when people come up to me and comment on my sweatshirt, Moon said. I think its a super fun way for us to connect.

Noodle the Pug Determines Bones vs. No Bones Days

By Annie Alcorn (she/her), Marquette High School November 22, 2021

Rachel Melton, junior, was scrolling on TikTok a month ago when she came across a video of a pug falling onto his dog bed, and his owner yelling “no bones day!” at the camera. Melton said she was immediately...

After five long months of teasing fans with strategic easter eggs, Taylor Swift dropped her highly-anticipated re-recorded album: “Red (Taylor’s Version)” on Friday, November 12. The 30 track album exemplified Swift’s talent and exhibited her matured voice as she sang songs originally released in 2012. Alongside of the album itself, Swift released a short film in addition to a music video.

A lot going on at the moment: Taylor Swift re-enters Red era

By Amber Roldan, North Cobb High School November 18, 2021

November 12 marked a historical day for Taylor Swift fans around the world. The 31-year-old, 11 time Grammy winner re-released her timeless heartbreak album, “Red (Taylor’s Version)” on Friday. The...

Astroworld statue. The giant golden statue of Scotts head is a staple of the entrance into the music festival. However, the densely packed corwds of the festival also became a staple, showcasing Scotts interpretation of mosh pit culture.

Astroworld Festival casualties lead to examination of “mosh pit” culture

By Naisha Roy, South Forsyth High School November 18, 2021

Rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival on Nov. 5-6 became instantly notorious for its overwhelming crowds and a densely-packed mosh pit that eventually led to a dangerous crowd surge, the deaths of...

2021 brought big news for ABBA fans - a new album and a tour. The band photographed here on the Dutch television show TopPop in 1974.

Take a Chance On Them: ABBA Releases New Album After Four Decades

By Stephan Schwab, Lakeland Regional High School November 18, 2021

In 1974, a group of four musicians won the popular European song contest Eurovision: Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Agnetha Faltskog. Taking the first letter from each of their...

Freshman Alex Irwin (back left), sophomore Bethany Foreman (back middle), sophomore Ben Monhkern (back right), junior Eva Marobella (front left), senior Sammy Janoff (front right) and dog Penny Panzano rehearse a college scene for Legally Blonde. Legally Blonde is the first WHSTE production that will include live animals as part of the cast. Penny Panzano plays the lead character Elles beloved Chihuahua, Bruiser, and bulldog Mo Martins plays character Paulette Bonafontés dog Rufus. “If the dog does something unexpected, Im very into that,” WHSTE Director Aidan O’Hara said. “As long as the humans dont break character, I think its all in fun, and I think that’s what makes live theater really interesting.”

WHSTE’s ‘Legally Blonde’: Casting Canines

By Nadya Chase, Aimee Smith, and Annabelle Zhang November 17, 2021

As the cast of 'Legally Blonde' rehearses their bows, the faint taps of bulldog Mo Martins’ paws synchronize with senior Finn Morneweck’s musical cue to lead her on stage. Morneweck and Mo briskly...

Woodside senior Mia Hua loves crocheting and has created a collection of crocheted stuffed animals.

Crochet’s Comeback: The Revival of Yarn Crafts

By Mia Hua, Woodside High School - CA November 17, 2021

Yarn crafts like crocheting, while normally associated with grandmas and cat ladies, are rising in popularity through social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram and at Woodside’s Crochet Club. The...

Singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey released her latest album, Blue Banisters, on Oct. 22. The Sidekick staff writer Shrayes Gunna writes about how the album relays her embrace of her independence and femininity through the beautiful crafting of lyrics.

Del Ray embracing self on ‘Blue Banisters’

By Shrayes Gunna, Coppell High School November 16, 2021

She once needed a man. She once needed a support system; someone to preserve the state of stability she cherished. But with a sudden rise to stardom, she soon embraced the majesty behind independence,...

The Eternals teaser, the film was announced at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con.

Marvel’s “Eternals” disappoints despite an eternal run-time and diverse cast

By Krish Dev and Tanish Mendki November 15, 2021

Fresh from winning both Best Director and Best Film for her film “Nomadland”, director Chloé Zhao entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe with no meager role: the director of Marvel’s “Eternals.”...

Rapper Jay-Z was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Breaking barriers: Jay-Z’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

By Jayne Abraham, Pleasant Valley High School - IA November 15, 2021

Recognizing rap as an art form has been nothing short of an uphill battle, but rappers like Jay-Z provide hope that the genre will finally get the validation it deserves. Jay-Z was recently inducted...

Sersi (Gemma Chan) and Ikaris (Richard Madden) share an embrace in Marvels Eternals. The film is now in theaters everywhere.

‘Eternals’ is ambitious superhero epic that doesn’t quite hit the target

By Noah Sparkman, Rutherford B. Hayes High School November 12, 2021

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is going in a new direction. The film, directed by Chloé Zhao, stars Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Angelina Jolie and more as the Eternals, and is in theaters...

As a Chinese-American, I initially admired BTS as a beacon of Asian representation in America. But with “Dynamite,” BTS directly negated these ideas, and I could no longer see them as positive figures for Asian representation.

“Dynamite” disappointment: Rise of English songs by BTS hurts Asian representation in the west

By Emma Gao, The Harker Upper School November 12, 2021

Blinding white lights illuminate the backs of the seven still silhouettes on stage, creating an almost halo-like glow. As the crowd chants their names and the first notes start playing, they hop out of...

Nigel Bailey an aspiring playwright poses for photos while holding a book full of monologues on Sept. 28.

Sophomore Nigel Bailey has a Passion for Playwriting

By Aadhi Sathiskumar, Francis Howell North High School November 12, 2021

Stage plays are often seen as a dated form of entertainment. With movies and shows being so popular, not many people watch plays. However, the art of play writing continues to exist and passionate writers...

Lead actress Kristen Stewart and actor Robert Pattinson star in 2008’s “Twilight.” The movie was released in over 3,000 theatres nationwide and gained over 9 billion in sales.

The return of ‘Twilight’ surges cultural change?

By Rebekah Butler, White Station High School November 11, 2021

The lights dim in the theatre and previews for future movies begin to roll. Fans wait anxiously in their seats for their favorite characters to appear on the silver screen. Soon, the infamous movie saga...

Dune was released on October 22, 2021, with Timothée Chalamet starring as the protagonist, Paul Atreides.

New Dune movie captures world of original novel with magnificent casting and cinematography

By Mia DeNunzio, Archie Williams High School November 10, 2021

Dune, released Oct. 22, 2021, adapts Frank Herbert’s bestselling science fiction novel into a film with fantastic cinematography and dazzling actor performances. Denis Villeneuve is the second director...

A picture of me in South Korea during the summer of 2021.

How “Squid Game” helped me embrace my Korean heritage

By Lily Ha, Neuqua Valley High School November 10, 2021

When “Squid Game” was released on Sept. 17, 2021, globally on Netflix, it was ranked number one in viewership in over ninety countries. The nine-episode show quickly became a global phenomenon, highly...

Carlmont Riot Grrrls including Litvak (far right) and Austin (second from the right) after a lunchtime meeting.

Meet the modern Riot Grrrl

By Chesney Evert, Carlmont High School November 9, 2021

The telephone poles on Alameda de las Pulgas are usually empty, save for a few lost bird signs or flyers urging pedestrians to visit a yard sale.  Most passersby don’t think twice about them; dads...

I wanted to write a story that was an allegory or fable about modern capitalist society, something that depicts an extreme competition, somewhat like the extreme competition of life,” director Hwang Dong-hyuk explained.

‘Squid Game’: A Capitalist Cautionary Tale

By Kay Copeland, Wentzville Liberty High School November 5, 2021

Spoilers ahead, proceed at your own risk. How far are you willing to go to win? Is monetary gain worth more than your family and friends? Is it ethical to step on others in order to get ahead...

Paul Atreides trains to eventually take his fathers place. Photo courtesy of Legendary and Warner Bros.

‘Dune’ attempts too much at once

By Nameek Chowdhury, Monta Vista High School November 4, 2021

More of a fantasy-based hero’s journey than a science fiction piece, Oscar-winning director Denis Villeneuve tackles the first half of Frank Herbert’s novel “Dune” into a film adaptation which...

Dune logo and title card used for the films promotion in trailers.

The remarkable relevance of “Dune”

By Alyssa Cortes, Wiregrass Ranch High School November 3, 2021

Denis Villeneuve’s version of “Dune” reflects on society in a way the story hasn’t before, with its diverse casting, political references, talks of power and religion, family dynamics, and remarkable...

Shang Chi-and the Legend of the Ten Rings released in theaters on Sept. 3 2021, has grossed over 420 million dollars.

Commentary: Shang Chi Shatters Stereotypes

By Sarah Yee, Granite Bay High School November 3, 2021

The road to fair Asian representation in American films has been rough and at times, nonexistent. But the commercial and critical success of "Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," Marvel’s first...

Paul (Timothée Chalamet) and Lady Jessica Atreides (Rebecca Ferguson) look across the desert planet of Arrakis in Dune. The film is now playing in theaters, and available to stream on HBO Max.

‘Dune’ is breathtaking but incomplete sci-fi epic

By Noah Sparkman, Rutherford B. Hayes High School November 2, 2021

This is only the beginning. These are among the final words spoken in “Dune,” Denis Villeneuve's new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic, and they speak to the film’s greatest triumphs,...

Cottagecore portrays an unrealistic ideal that many wish to attain. Is that a good thing?

Why are we so obsessed with cottagecore?

By Claire Xu, Richard Montgomery High School - MD November 2, 2021

Lush green fields of blooming flowers, a constantly clear blue sky, the rustic stone cottage shrouded by a mysterious forest—these provide the idyllic backdrop of a life based on the concept of cottagecore....

The current lineup of Guns N’ Roses (from left to right, Slash, Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, and Richard Fortus) play at Wrigley Field on Sept. 16. This reunion follows a nearly 25 year long split between guitarist Slash and singer Rose that resulted in a drastic shift in creativity and sound… for the worse.

Guns N’ Roses runs out of ammo with new singles

By Owen Cummings, Walnut Hills High School November 2, 2021

It’s unfortunate that the downfall of Guns N’ Roses, the so-called “most dangerous band in the world,” was foreshadowed from the instant they arrived on the Sunset Strip. Their danger lay in...

Daniel Craig appears as James Bond in a London scene from the film “No Time to Die.” Craig has been critically acclaimed for his acting while playing the character over a span of 15 years.

‘No Time to Die’ Review: Daniel Craig Proves He’s Still the Best Bond in Final Film

By Aadi Mehta, Portola High School November 2, 2021

For his final film in the James Bond 007 franchise, actor Daniel Craig once again proved that he is able to execute the role in “No Time to Die.” This is Craig’s fifth film as Bond, after first taking...

James Bond, now retired, in Jamaica. Photo courtesy of MGM

‘No Time to Die’ stakes its claim as the ‘most emotional Bond film’

By Nameek Chowdhury, Monta Vista High School November 1, 2021

Kicking off with the classic gun barrel sequence, "No Time to Die" is the latest addition to the 58- year-old James Bond franchise and the last time Daniel Craig will play the character. The highly anticipated...

“Dear Evan Hansen” released in movie theaters on Sept. 24, starring Ben Platt as the titular character. While the film was written by Steven Lenson who wrote the narrative of the original Broadway show and directed by Stephen Chbosky, a director well known for previous works on adolescent mental health, the film received mixed response from audiences.

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Translates Poorly to Big-Screen

By Erin Choi and Grace Baek November 1, 2021

The premise of “Dear Evan Hansen” revolves around a despicable lie.  The death of school outcast Connor Murphy (Colton Ryan) and a misunderstanding leaves Connor’s parents convinced that Evan...

Flying Superhero, by MSs photos, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercia -No Derivs Generic 2.0.

Addressing diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

By Krish Dev and Minjae Kang November 1, 2021

Various fields and industries in the United States are currently experiencing a movement to increase representation of racial and gender minorities. Not exempt from this change is the film industry: a...

Throughout the exhibition, entire walls display art to make visitors feel they are looking at the real murals.

Exploring the enigmatic art of Banksy

By Greta Gustafson, Midtown High School October 29, 2021

In the previously abandoned Underground Atlanta, the “Art of Banksy: Without Limits Exhibition” highlights decades of famous pieces done by anonymous graffiti artist, Banksy. The worldwide sensation...

Through both gatherings outside of the capitol building and sharing their concerns throughout social media Spear’s fans are making their voices heard in order to bring her justice.

How Britney vs. Spears acknowledges America’s faulty conservatorship system

By Quinn Burton, Millard West High School October 26, 2021

It all began with a protest. The #FreeBritney movement, which began April 22, 2019, after rumors surfaced of Britney Spears’s horrible conditions that were forced by her father. At the time, it was not...

The last season of Lucifer gives fans an unsatisfying but well-deserved end to the series.

Lucifer’s Season 6 gives more closure to the characters than the fans

By Ella Shen and Abby Kapur October 25, 2021

*Includes spoilers from previous seasons.*  The final and sixth season of Lucifer gives the fans what they truly desire: a memorable ending to a worthwhile journey. On Sept. 10, 2021, the 10-episode...

“A New Era” – Liana Wallace competes on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 41st season, with a special 2-hour premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.  Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment  2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

‘This is my dream’: ETHS alum, Evanston native on “Survivor”

By Eden Drajpuch, Evanston Township High School October 22, 2021

Twenty-year-old Liana Wallace, an Evanston native, ETHS alum and current student at Georgetown University, is on the 41st season of CBS’s “Survivor” as a cast member. The show, which is filmed...

A drum set, similar to the one used by drummer Lex Razon in his performances.

Musicians return with enthusiasm, challenges after COVID-19

By Mia DeNunzio and Neve Marin Rue Galmarini October 21, 2021

Due to COVID-19, music venues around the world began to shut down, leaving musicians unable to perform in front of their usual audiences. As a result of the decrease in COVID-19 case numbers and high vaccination...

Mitski releases a new song and music video after two years of hiatus.

Mitski’s latest release cuts deep

By Aris Pastor, North Allegheny Senior High School October 21, 2021

I remember the moment like it was yesterday; singer-songwriter Mitski finally returned from her musical hiatus. I was eating lunch and scrolling through my phone, awaiting something interesting to catch...

Physical education teacher Jane Wheeler poses with two of her three daughters.

“My HAIRstory!” makes headway for Black culture

By Jayne Abraham, Pleasant Valley High School - IA October 21, 2021

Inspired by hairstyles from Cartoon Network’s hit animated television series “Craig of the Creek,” three-part hair tutorial series “My HAIRstory!” premiered on Oct. 1.  The series is hosted...

Squid Game features a large cast who play in deadly childhood games.

Squid Game: A hit on the charts and in American hearts

By Olivia Payne, Academy of the Holy Names October 20, 2021

Our favorite childhood games have been reincarnated in Squid Game but with a new deadly twist. Squid Game premiered on Netflix on September 17 and is now the number one series in the world. It is now on...

Netflixs newest psychological drama Squid Game became the first Korean television show to hit %231 in the U.S.

“Squid Game”: Morals or Survival?

By Antonia Zong, Eastern Regional High School October 20, 2021

  Losing a game of red light green light isn’t usually followed by a gunshot. For the impoverished contenders of Squid Game, though, the slightest inch of movement equates to instant death.    By...

Although the CGI in Let There Be Carnage could have been improved, the plot was enough to draw audiences in.

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is a significant improvement upon its predecessor

By Naomi Scissors, Richard Montgomery High School - MD October 18, 2021

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is undoubtedly an improvement upon its predecessor, but that is not saying much. Director Andy Serkis offers a take on the Eddie/Venom dynamic that almost feels like a...

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